MANILA – The net satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino III slipped in the fourth quarter of the year, but a staunch ally said this drop is just normal because the election season is coming.
A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, published first by BusinessWorld, found 58 percent of Filipinos satisfied, 16 percent undecided and 26 percent dissatisfied with Aquino's performance, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of +32.
Aquino's net satisfaction rating slipped by 9 points from last quarter's +41, although it remained in the ''good'' territory.
SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as ''excellent''; +50 to +69 as ''very good''; +30 to +49, ''good''; +10 to +29, ''moderate'', +9 to -9, ''neutral''; -10 to -29, ''poor''; -30 to -49, ''bad''; -50 to -69, ''very bad''; as well as -70 and below as ''execrable.''
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Aquino's staunch ally Budget Secretary Butch Abad downplayed the decline in the president's net satisfaction rating, saying this trend is usual since the elections are coming.
''It's not only comparatively high, but it's been high for a long time. It goes up and down, but eventually it goes up,'' Abad said.
''In this instance -- it's the political campaign season -- and there are quite a number of presidential candidates against the administration candidates and of course they keep hitting the administration, and that's what's filling up the headlines.''
The drop in Aquino's net satisfaction rating was attributed by SWS to the declines of 23 points in Balance Luzon and 8 points in Mindanao. A bigger decline was offset by the increases of 8 points in the Visayas and 5 points in Metro Manila.
Aquino's net satisfaction rating rose by 8 points to +58 (very good) in the Visayas, and by 5 points to+23 (moderate) in Metro Manila.
Aquino's net satisfaction rating in Balance Luzon slipped by 23 points to +23 (moderate), while it dropped by 8 points to +31 (good) in Mindanao.
Among socioeconomic groups, Aquino's net satisfaction rating stayed in the ''good'' territory among respondents from classes ABC (+44) and E (+45). His rating among those in class E fell by one grade and 11 points to a moderate +28.